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Fort Kent has post grad biathlon program

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 6:45 PM EDT
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Fort Kent , Maine (WAGM) -

Winter is still a few months away, but even with the very warm temperatures some athletes are concentrating on a winter sport.

The athletes have traded in their nordic skis for roller skis.

These athletes have traded in their nordic skis for roller skis as they continue their biathlon training. The Fort Kent Outdoor Center has always had a strong biathlon program. A few years ago the Center began to concentrate on local athletes who were looking to get into the sport. They are now hosting a post grad program again.

(Carl Theriault):” We wanted to get out feet back under us after Seth Hubbard left. Just trying to get the program going with local kids and we have done that now. We decided to reach out and see if anyone wanted to train full time after graduating.”

Two biathletes from the Freeport area are putting in long training hours six days a week.

(Maximo Steverlynck):” There’s not a lot of opportunity for post grad skiing training and this is relatively close to home and at a place that I know.”

(Caleb Hunter):” I am up here because I really want to pursue biathlon This was the best opportunity I’ve had so far for training.”

For several years Fort Kent was the training site for successful biathletes including Russell Currier, Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke. When the focus of the Maine Winter Sports Center changed that meant that most of the elite skiers trained elsewhere. Theriault says that with financial support they are able to open the facility to Maine based post grads.

Theriault:” Phyllis Jalbert has been great to help us we are using the Jalbert residence down in town for these two post grads to be living in. We have had some great support. We have Hannah Streinz in the program that is the skiing coach. She is helping us as a part time nurse and part time ski coach. We are getting it done and we would love to grow the program this year and next year.”

Steverlynk and Hunter say they have been able to concentrate on training and both are enjoying their time in Northern Maine and the Fort Kent Outdoor Center venue.

Steverlynck:” I just did biathlon a couple of times because Freeport comes up for holiday training camp. We shot biathlon as a tester course.”

Hunter:” I have had so much fun and met a lot of cool people doing biathlon and I want to continue doing it.”

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